Discipline and Punishment – Shrinking It Down

Gene Beresin, MD on discipline, punishment, and parenting - "Being available to help them say 'I'm sorry.'"

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Punishment. It’s not the most fun part of the job, but parents know they have a responsibility to discipline their kids when they do something that’s not right – stealing, hitting, staying out past curfew. But how do you make the punishment fit the crime, and help your kid to process the situation after the fact so that it doesn’t happen again? Also, why might a psychologist or psychiatrist ask a child about discipline measures at home? In this episode of Shrinking It Down, Gene and Steve put their heads together to think about discipline, punishment, and what makes sense for children and teens.

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Episode produced by Sara Rattigan

Music by Gene Beresin

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